A row of barrels in the Relic cave.

2015 The Prior Cabernet Franc

The Prior, in our minds, has always been our paean to a mythical creature: Cabernet Franc in the style of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, unfolding it’s ripe-fruited character in waves of aromatic minerality, powerful fruit and rich depth. In 2015, a warm year in Napa Valley, these nearly dry-farmed vines, planted in gravelly volcanic alluvial deposits at the Frediani Vineyard have provided just that. Aromatics of dark cherry, raspberry confiture, talc, hot stones, vanilla-laced cookie and bbq spice fill the glass. When the palate hits you, it is with a powerful impression of structure and rich density, mouthcoating sweet fruit and lush tannins.

  • 75% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc from Frediani Vineyards on Pickett Road
  • 35 year-old vines planted in deep volcanic gravel
  • Cabernet Sauvignon from Kenefick Ranch
  • Aged in 80% new French Darnajou and Bossuet barrels
  • 240 cases produced from 11 barrels

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